Kolkata, May 18 UNI | 2 months ago

There was no respite from sweltering weather as the heatwave conditions continued to sweep across West Bengal with no sight of rain in next 48 hours.

Weathermen said hot air from northern parts of the country was responsible for unbearable heat as temperature was hovering above 39 degrees Celsius and likely to further in next 24 hours. The unusual warm weather also affecting production of vegetables, which either dried up or destroyed for want of rain and irrigation water. Canals and water bodies also becoming dry quickly and ground water was also going further deep.

While the people prefer to remain indoor during the day time, the animals in the city zoo suffered due to inadequate green coverage of their enclosures.

While the temperature was hovering between 39 and 40 degrees in the city, the mercury was above 42 degrees in Purulia, Bankura, Birbhum, and Medinipur.

The weathermen, however, predicted rain in next 48 hours in parts of north Bengal districts of Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling.

(Posted on 18-05-2014)